Well, it finally happened. My first water incursion while finishing my basement. I was upstairs holding my daughter. She had a cold and didnt feel well, so we were just lounging on the couch. You know that feeling when you hear something in the house that you know is just not right? I should have gone with that feeling. Instead, I wait about an hour before heading downstairs to do some work. When I get down there, I hear water running. As I turn on the lights, I can see my shop floor is covered with water. Turns out the water heater decided to retire. It looks like the bottom of the tank just corroded through.
But here is the good part. The water had run the opposite direction of the drain (which was 3 feet away..) and into my shop and all along one of the walls. BUT.. my Ovrx kept all of my framing completely dry. The water went along and under the subfloor (which is one of the reasons for the little channels in the bottom of the panels. Some of my scrap lumber got wet, but nothing was ruined. After shutting of the water and turning on a fan, the floor dried as if nothing happened.
But, I did get a shiny new water heater installed. Took me about 5 hours, including the trip to Lowes to get the heater and supplies. Not what I planned on doing, but it could have been worse. Now my new water heater is set up in one of those trays to control future events....
Here is the burner from the old one..(only 8.5 years old!). I guess soft water raises hell with these things. The new one has a serviceable anode, so that should help...
If you look at the concrete, you can see a darker section between the rug and wall. That was where the water was, running along the wall..No framing was harmed during this incident!
New water heater..smartly installed in a tray which will force the water to the drain (I dont have that part hooked up yet